Al Conkle
President, Al Conkle’s Fire Tech Support

EVT Training Course

Al Conkle provides custom training programs on all EVT subject matters as well as Allison Transmission and Detroit Diesel Engine classes. As the previous Ohio Fire Academy Trainer and the Manager of Technical Training at W.W. Williams Al brings his nationally recognized EVT training to the APFPA conference here in Little Rock.

 

T.J. Tennent
Owner, Tennent and Associates

“Teamwork and Leadership in the Fleet Industry,”

T.J. is the former Project Manager of Bridgestone Motorsports/Firestone Racing and the Bridgestone Motorcycle Racing Program. He has also The Board Chair on the Tire and Rim Association, motorcycle subcommittee. He is a member of the Motorcycle Industry Counsel, the State Motorcycle Safety Association and is a Certified Safety Coach Trainer. TJ has also served as Board Chair for the Society of Automotive Engineers and presently serves on the Lipscomb University Engineering Board of Advisors.

 

David Baxter
Health & Safety Coordinator, Arkansas Municipal League
“Providing Exceptional Customer Service in the Arkansas Municipal Workplace,”

David Baxter is the Health and Safety Coordinator and specialized facilitator for the Arkansas Municipal League. He provides training for Arkansas cities and towns in the areas of police defensive driving, standard defensive driving, respect and understanding, health and wellness topics, and workplace violence prevention. David is a native Arkansan who grew up in Brinkley, AR. He was an Arkansas municipal police officer for the cities of Clarendon, Fordyce, and North Little Rock. During his time as a municipal police officer, he worked as a patrolman, SWAT team member, field training officer, firearms and physical fitness trainer, policy writer, and a community focused officer through various department programs.

 

Victor Galarza
Product Specialist, Federal Mogul

ASE Prep Course

Victor has been a technician for over 20 years and has been in the retail parts business for about 5 years.  Aside from working for Federal Mogul, he also restores cars out of his garage.

 

 

Tricia Treece

SIP/Planning Section Supervisor, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

“Updates on what cities stand to gain from VW’s multi-billion-dollar settlement”

Tricia has been with with ADEQ for five years and currently serves as the Supervisor for the Policy and Planning Branch of Office of Air Quality.  In her current role, Tricia supervises a team of scientists and policy developers working on projects including regulatory development, state implementation planning, air quality reports, technical demonstrations, and voluntary emission reduction programs. Tricia previously worked as an Ecologist in the Office of Air Quality at ADEQ and as an environmental scientist for the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health. Tricia is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham with a Master of Science degree in Biology and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology

 

John Leverett

Statewide Procurement Specialist, DFA Office of State Procurement

“Navigating the State Vehicle Contracts”

John’s primary duty with the State of Arkansas is buying vehicles. In addition, he administers contracts for bulk fuel, auto parts, tires, tractors, utility vehicles, school buses and fleet management technologies. Before joining State government, John was the manager of purchasing, vehicle fleet, and building maintenance for a heating and air conditioning company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).

 

David Bragg

Founding Member & Former VP of APFMA, Retired from Public Service, 2008

“Benefits of Professional Fleet Management”

David Bragg is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with a degree in Transportation and Logistics. He served seven years active and reserve duty with the U. S. Army Transportation Corps. He grew up in a family truck and equipment dealership and managed the company for many years before selling to a neighboring competitor. Experience with a major truck leasing company gives him unique insight to the organization and charge back systems utilized by consolidated public fleets.

Moving to the public sector in 1989, David served as Fleet Acquisition Manager and later as Director of Fleet Services for the City of Little Rock. In that capacity, he also served as coordinator for the Central Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition, gaining knowledge and experience with alternative fuels and vehicle systems.

David managed the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas fleet for five years, achieving selection to the 100 Best Fleets in North America in 2006 and top 5 recognition in 2007. He was a Public Fleet Manager of the Year nominee in 2006 and 2007. He was a member of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum’s Refuse Truck Working Group, composed of members of the public and private refuse industry throughout the U. S. and Canada working together to develop heavy hybrid collection vehicles. He is a founder and former Vice President of the Arkansas Public Fleet Managers Association. The National Association of Fleet Administrators presented the Larry Goill award for innovative fleet ideas to David for development and implementation of a unique biodiesel blending system, allowing over half of the Fayetteville fleet to run on 20% or greater biodiesel blend.

David retired from full time public service in July 2008 but continues to be active as a consultant with the public fleet and alternative fuels industries.

 

Ron Hall

Fleet Analyst, CST Fleet Services

“Overcoming Today’s Fleet Challenges”

Ron Hall completed degrees in mathematics and computer science from Virginia Tech in 1983 and immediately went to work in the fleet industry. To date Ron has worked with over 200 fleets. These fleets range in size, from fleets with 150,000 assets, to fleets with 50 assets. Ron co-founded CST Fleet Services in 2000 and is currently a Fleet Analyst for the company. CST Fleet Service’s mission is: “ Making todays fleets, better than yesterday, while preparing for tomorrow.

 

Brian Franklin

Administrative Manager/Equipment Management Division, City of Tulsa

“What it takes to be a leading fleet”

Brian Franklin began his career with the City of Tulsa in 1991. During his 27-year tenure, he has served as a financial forecast analyst and most recently as an administrative manager for the Equipment Management Division. His current duties include managing the acquisition and distribution of parts and fuel for a fleet of 2,500 vehicles; assisting with maintenance and infrastructure oversight; and, administering the City’s fleet software system. In 2018, Brian spearheaded Tulsa’s efforts to compete and win the #1 Leading Fleets Award sponsored by Ford and Geotab. This was Tulsa’s fourth consecutive year to be recognized as a top-5 Leading Fleet in the nation

 

Charlie Farish

District Manager, Stemco LP

“Wheel End Training”

Charlie has worked in the Trucking industry for 28 years. He has worked for STEMCO as a District Sales Manager for seven years and as a Suspension Area Manager for three years. Charlie’s territory covers Arkansas, West Tennessee, and Northern Louisiana. He has also worked at Federal-Mogul for eighteen years as a District Sales Manager and a Key Account Manager based out of Little Rock, AR. He has ASE Certification in Medium and Heavy Duty Brakes. Charlie, and his wife Theresa, have been married thirty seven years and have three children and five grandchildren.

 

Sharon Cantrell

Director of Workforce Development & Community Education, University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College

“Addressing the shortage of skilled vocational workers in the workplace”

Sharon has served on the senior leadership team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) College of Technology McGehee as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technical Education since May 2010.  Prior to her AVC position, she was the Project Coordinator for Workforce Development and Workforce Ed Instructor for 18 years. Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Victor Eackles

Automotive Instructor, Little Rock School District

"Lack of skilled workforce entering into the automotive industry and what are the trends you all are seeing and what LRSD is doing to aid in this shortfall."

Victor began his career in the Little Rock School District in 1991 at Metropolitan Vo-Tech School.  He began teaching in the same classroom where his automotive training began thirteen years prior as a high school student in an automotive class.  He has been teaching 27 years at Metropolitan Vo-Tech School and has shared his knowledge, skills, advise, and opinion with thousands of students throughout his career.

Currently, Victor serve’s on the following community commissions: The Progressive League, College Station Sewer Commission, and the Board of Directors for the College Station community Federal Credit Union.

Allie Freeman, III

Youth Apprentice Manager, Metropolitan Career and Technical Center

"Lack of skilled workforce entering into the automotive industry and what are the trends you all are seeing and what LRSD is doing to aid in this shortfall."

For the past 18 years, Allie has worked with youth in grades 10th through 12th at this shared time facility. One of the areas has been the automotive program where he has been able to establish partnerships with local dealerships, municipal fleet organizations, and small businesses where student have been allowed to job shadow and work as youth apprentices in training positions.  These are often first-time work experiences for youth in their skill area.  He also works with 13 other CTE programs.

Prior to his current position, Allie worked in state government at the executive and agency levels and was a previous appointee to the Arkansas State Parole Board.  Recently he served as the Chairman of the Rock Region Metro Transit Authority Board (formerly known as Central Arkansas Transit).